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1143 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070-2417 (Between W. El Camino Real and Laurel)
+1 650-593-4269
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Four couples ate a late Sunday lunch at the Bistro, and everyone praised the quality and variety of the various dishes. Our group included non meat eaters and gluten intolerant diners, but despite their limitations they found many tasty dishes to choose from. The service was efficient. There were numerous diners dressed in traditional Indian clothes which led us to... More 

Thank sleekleopard
Mountain View,California
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Finally some tasty food, not much fat and oil! That's really rare to find in the area. Buffet for lunch was well set and all items were constantly available. Clean and organized restaurant over all. I should try it for dinner

Thank Hichem E
San Carlos, CA
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Honestly and sad to say, this place seems to lost the "true north". They seem to think quite alloy of themselves, have attitude for no good reason that I can tell. Food was fair, felt rushed and not welcomed. Hope it was an off night because we love Indian food, but we may not return!

Thank IsabelSanCarlos_CA
Redwood City, CA
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173 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Very nice local restaurant serving authentic Indian food. Choice of varying spice intensity for all tastes. Lots of choices

Thank 1ajf
Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This is my second visit this restaurant. First time a few months a go for lunch buffet, this time for dinner. The menu has a good selection for every taste and preference. For dinner I had butter chicken, garlic nan, and mango lassi. The butter chicken is good, but the mango lassi is by far one of the best I... More 

Thank Moawia A
San Carlos, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Onlinediva g's review describes good service. Who leaves nearly empty plates of food at their table at a buffet and hopes they would still be there when they get back? The opposite of what she describes is piles of plates crowding your table while you try to sample more from the buffet. The fact that they keep the table clean... More 

Thank Tom R
Napa, California
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28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Limited selection of non vegetarian dishes and desserts. Tandoori chicken which is my favorite was missing from the buffet. The chai was good but cups were too tiny. Had to go back 4 times to get a full cup's worth. 3 waiters were circling our table. I would put my fork down and it will be taken away. My half... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

We had ordered for take-out and food was really yummy We had Tandoori Chicken (Half portion was sufficient for 3), Garlic Naan and Murgh Methi. We came back just for that tandoori chicken at a later time. It was so good. So was the naan. But the curry was more on the sweeter side. Located in a happening corner lined... More 

Thank SuryaSG
San Jose, California
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

I have been here for lunch mostly. Buffet has always been consistent and good taste. Place gets very busy as nearby business people show up. I have found it to best show up earlier than noon.

Thank iGoer
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

One of the best most tasty meals I've had. The food was bursting with flavor. We had Naan, Paneer TM, & Veg Samosa. The place has a warm feel and the staff is A+. Can't wait to return.

Thank Biglaugh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Asian, Pakistani, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1143 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070-2417
    (Between W. El Camino Real and Laurel)
  • Public Transportation: Taking SamTrans on El Camino get down on San Carlos Ave/ Holly Street Bus Stop. If taking Cal Train, get down at Holly Street Station (San Carlos) and Walk west on San Carlos Ave to the restaurant on the left, 5 doors from el camino real.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Carlos
  • Phone Number: +1 650-593-4269
Saffron is a local neighborhood family restaurant located in the heart of downtown San Carlos , serving Northern Indian Cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods. We feature an ever-changing menu that is sure to please the Meat eaters, Vegetarians and Vegans alike, including items that are Gluten Free.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?